Sunday, January 31, 2010

Weekend Funny

A Fiesta for One


Aunt Bev gave me this vintage Guac bowl! Love it!


Perfect avocado!


All I need is cilantro...but I am not leaving to get it :)


Pam101's snack during the Pens game!

Prepping for Valentine's Day Party


Trying to pick a tablecloth


Tissue paper flowers. Let's hope we don't have another "Vampire incident".


Figuring things out


So many choices....which one will Pam101 pick!?

Pam101 is on the Glee bandwagon



Watched a MARATHON of Glee yesterday...I'm hooked.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Campbell is coming over for dinner!



My awesome friend Campbell is coming over for dinner. I thought I would make us a pork roast and some asparagus. Yum!

Ingredients

* One 4-pound pork roast, loin or center cut
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* Salt and pepper to taste
* 4 bay leaves
* 1/2 cup white vinegar
* 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pierce the roast in several places with a two-pronged fork. Force some minced garlic into each hole, again with the aid of the fork. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Place the bay leaves in the bottom of the roasting pan. Place the roast on top, fat side up. Combine vinegar and thyme, and pour evenly over the roast. Place in oven, allowing 35 minutes baking time per pound. Baste occasionally.

Food Network

Perfect gift for the golfer in your life



From the Tail of the Tiger Golf ball website:

The Tiger Woods Saga

Tiger Woods and the world of golf have been rocked by a scandal of Herculean proportions.

With the possible exception of Michael Jordan, no other athlete has so dominated a major professional sport as much as Tiger Woods. Athletes of this caliber, with vast commercial appeal, are precious resources and should not be disposed of hastily. And yet this is precisely what some of Tiger's largest sponsors have done – apparently without consideration of what it will cost them over the long term.

What Tiger Woods did was, to millions, unacceptable. But assuming Tiger doesn't forget how to play golf by the time he returns to the sport, I suspect that the massive Tiger Effect is unlikely to diminish any time soon.

It is only a matter of time before Tiger does return to golf and does so with a vengeance! You really think an athlete of his caliber is not going to come back with a big point to prove?

Tiger could easily be even more popular in his return to golf than he was before he left it. True, nobody will ever think he's some clean-cut, paragon of perfection again. But "Any publicity is good publicity." And commercially speaking, that is paramount.

Unlike other contemporary professional athletes, Tiger Woods hasn't physically hurt or abused anybody. Tiger just had a wandering eye. And that is something that many people can relate to personally.

It is time to put this all in perspective.

Tail of the Tiger Golf Balls are designed to lift the spirits of golfers around the world who are saddened by this loss on many levels – from those who make a living at the game to companies that sell products, to the fans who just love to watch a master practice his craft.

So relax and have some fun with Tail of the Tiger golf balls.

"Tiger loves to play with them...now you can too!"

Valentine's Day Table Prep



Lils makes her Pam101 debut!

Friday, January 29, 2010

President Obama doesn’t always play nice

Obama Tears into House GOP (from The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet & Politico.com)

President Obama doesn’t always play nice: On Friday, he tore into House Republicans at a conference in Baltimore, saying that they’ve portrayed health-care reform as a “Bolshevik plot.” “What happens is that you guys don’t have a lot of room to negotiate with me,” Obama said. "The fact of the matter is, many of you, if you voted with the administration on something, are politically vulnerable with your own base, with your own party because what you've been telling your constituents is, ‘This guy's doing all kinds of crazy stuff that's going to destroy America.’” Obama also accused Republicans of practicing the “politics of no.”

PM Edition of the Hotness



Pam101 is not afraid of change...and you shouldn't be either! Change is coming to Pam101. I will keep you all posted. Change is our PM Hotness!
Happy Friday everyone!

Big Beautiful Full Moon


The first full moon of 2010 will appear tonight, Jan. 29, 2010, but it will also be the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. Some even call it a "supermoon."

Anyone with clear skies will be able to easily identify the moon tonight and get a spectacular view of its features, says Space.com.

The full moon tonight will be 2010's biggest and brightest since the moon is closer in orbit than usual at this time of year.

How much bigger and brighter? Spaceweather.com reports it will be 14 percent wider and 30 percent brighter than normal.

Huff Post

Cute Olympic Commercial

Forbidden Rice Pudding With Blueberries


New York Times by Marth Rose Shulman

This recipe is an adaptation of a wonderful recipe by Sherry Yard, executive pastry chef at Spago Beverly Hills. Forbidden rice, also known as Chinese black rice, is packaged by Lotus Foods and sold at Whole Foods and many gourmet grocers. It becomes purple when cooked, which makes a rice pudding made with Forbidden rice ideal for the addition of blueberries. Serve this for dessert or for breakfast

1/2 cup Forbidden rice (Chinese black rice)
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup low-fat milk or rice beverage
1 cup unsweetened low-fat coconut milk
1/4 cup mild honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup blueberries

1. Combine the rice, water and salt in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer 35 to 40 minutes, until all of the water is absorbed.

2. Add the milk, coconut milk and honey to the rice, and stir together. Bring to a boil, stirring, then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring often, for five to 10 minutes, until creamy. Add the vanilla and blueberries, and continue to simmer for another five minutes.

3. Scrape into a bowl or into individual serving dishes. Cover and chill for at least two hours before serving.

Yield: Serves six.

Advance preparation: You can make this a day or two ahead and keep in a covered bowl in the refrigerator.

Happy Birthday Oprah


Oprah turns 56 today!

Colbert was hilarious last night!



After making a grand, SOTU-esque entrance (that included delivering a baby), Stephen Colbert sidled up to a podium and proceeded to rip apart the Republican rebuttal from Wednesday night.

Referring to Bob McDonnell as our "alternate universe white President," Colbert called the Virginia Governor out for mocking "thousand page bills." After McDonnell acknowledged that the GOP's plans were readily available online, Colbert appropriately responded by downloading them immediately, and of course, mocking them mercilessly.

Beyonce will be on this Sunday's 60 minutes

A Boo Update



I asked Boo to send me a note so I can update all the Pam101 fans. As many of you know Boo had Baby Boo a little over 2 months ago. Here is her update:

"2 things baby boo loves: boobs and vampires"



Who will walk away with a Grammy?

This Sunday night is the 52nd annual Grammy awards. Who will win! Lady Gaga better walk away with one!

POLITICO Breaking News



The economy grew at an annual rate of 5.7 percent in the last quarter, the Commerce Department said Friday. The AP calls that the "fastest [growth] since the third quarter of 2003" and strong evidence that the recession is over.

Song of the Day



Love ABBA!

AM Edition of the Hotness


On a day as COLD as today it seems that anything HOT would be welcomed with open arms! As Pam101 thaws from her AM commute...she realized that today's AM Hotness would have made her commute a little more bearable! Today's AM Hotness is...a big fat wonderfully warm scarf!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

PM Edition of the Hotness


McHottie's brand spanking new Swatch watch is today's PM Hotness. How hot is it?! So Hot! Like the photo of her modeling it?!

Funny McHottie/Pam101 story



So McHottie and I went to Chopt for lunch today. Chopt is a chain place where you can get salads or sandwiches. They pile all your toppings in a bowl (see above) and then they dump the ingredients onto a board and chop the shit out of it. I mean the CHOP it! So, as McHottie and I stood there dodging lettuce and tomatoes... we get a case of the giggles because the guys who were "chopping" were really into it! I mean the were into it! So...McHottie goes, "I didn't order a side of sex with this salad". Hilarious.
So then she sends me and email with the photo above with the subject "sex with a side of salad"

New show on HBO



How to Make it in America premiers on HBO in 2 weeks.

Bigfoot: The Movie!!!!!



Pam101's best friend is an actor, director, editor, etc, etc in Hollywood! He's a pretty big deal! Here is his latest trailer for a short he made. Just an insiders note...the scenes on the porch were shot at Pam101's family farm.

J. D. Salinger passes away at 91


"Catcher in the Rye" author J.D. Salinger has died at age 91 in New Hampshire.
Salinger died of natural causes at his home. He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in the small, remote house in Cornish, N.H.
"The Catcher in the Rye" with its immortal teenage protagonist _ the twisted, rebellious Holden Caulfield _ came out in 1951 during the time of anxious, Cold War conformity.
Salinger wrote for adults, but teenagers all over the world identified with the novel's themes of alienation, innocence and fantasy.
In later years, Salinger become famous for not wanting to be famous, refusing interviews.
Newser

"It's a miracle"


PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Fifteen days after an earthquake devastated this nation, a teenage girl was rescued from the rubble of her house -- weak and thirsty -- on a hillside in the capital.

CLICK HERE FOR GREAT VIDEO!

Hundreds of Haitians shouted with joy Wednesday as rescuers pulled Darline Etienne from a jumble of concrete and steel, wrapped her in a gold foil emergency blanket and hurried her into an ambulance. She said she had been in the shower when her house collapsed. A spokesman for the French team that rescued her said, "We think she's been in there since the quake," and a cousin said Darline had been "under the trash since January 12."

"It's a miracle," said Christopher Paul Smith, a British police chaplain who offered the girl a wooden cross on a chain. When she was too weak to take it, he wrapped it around her hand.

Washington Post

It's folding paper but they LOVE it!


Paper Heart Garland: Cut Paper -- powered by eHow.com

Decorate your house for Valentine's Day!

Because we haven't see Rob P on Pam101 in a while

Some Entertainment Weekly Outtakes...




When In Rome



LaBomb, Lils and I are seeing this chick flick this Saturday afternoon. Will Arnett and Josh Duhamel...Yes Please!

Poltergeist actress and Pittsburgh native passes away

LOS ANGELES — Zelda Rubinstein, the 4-foot-3-inch character actor best known as Tangina, the psychic who tries to calm a family inhabiting a haunted house in the 1982 horror film "Poltergeist," has died. She was 76.

Her agent, Eric Stevens, tells the Los Angeles Times that Rubinstein died Wednesday at a Los Angeles hospital. Stevens says she recently suffered a heart attack.

Rubinstein made her film debut in the 1981 comedy "Under the Rainbow" and went on to roles in "Sixteen Candles," "Southland Tales" and the TV show "Picket Fences." She returned for both "Poltergeist" sequels.

Harry Potter is following Avatar's footsteps

Warner Bros. will release the next two "Harry Potter" films in 3D, a move underscoring the post-"Avatar" rush for extra-dimensional boxoffice.

Studio executives on lots around town have been scrutinizing film slates for opportunities to expand forays into 3D releasing. Warners has been testing footage from its upcoming "Clash of the Titans" -- converted into 3D by an outside vendor -- and the tests have gone so well that execs have decided to release not only "Titans" but also the two-part "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" in 3D.

Warners refused to confirm the decisions Tuesday, but an announcement on "Titans" -- a co-production with Legendary Pictures -- is expected by week's end. Official word on the "Potter" pics also is awaited.

Conversion expenses have been coming down, so each film will cost just $5 million to change into 3D. Warners also will absorb an additional $5 million expense per pic to pay for 3D glasses for exhibitors handling the movies.

Hollywood Reporter



Pam101 note: I bet I would have been one of those screaming kids!

A new decade is before us...I DO NOT QUIT!



Standing Ovation from Pam101!!!!!

I will not accept second place for the United States of America

Because it IS the right thing to do!

People's History of the United States author passes away


Howard Zinn, an author, teacher and political activist whose leftist "A People's History of the United States" became a million-selling alternative to mainstream texts and a favorite of such celebrities as Bruce Springsteen and Ben Affleck, died Wednesday. He was 87.

Zinn died of a heart attack in Santa Monica, Calif., daughter Myla Kabat-Zinn said. The historian was a resident of Auburndale, Mass.

Huffington Post

Pam101 has been trying to read this book for 2 years now...I will get through it this year!

Dressing for Success on Valentine's Day


New York Times Cintra Wilson has a great article in the Times today!

Here is an excerpt:

Agent Provocateur is only few of blocks away from Kiki de Montparnasse, but it is considerably closer to the old 42nd Street in spirit. The vibe is more user-friendly for embarrassed guys shopping alone and packs of teenage girls; the lights are brighter, the music is dumber, louder and younger. The haute factor seems played down everywhere but in the price tags (purple silk garter, $100; matching bra, $150; matching thong, $70). Many items fall into a black and pink, rockabilly hot-rod style. It is, in essence, a vamped-up version of Victoria’s Secret by way of Johnny Rockets, the retro diner chain.

The saleswomen at Agent Provocateur do not resemble the Anaïs Nin, lipstick feminist, sexual adventuress types at Kiki. These are inked-up, Amy Winehouse Jezebels with black liquid eyeliner and button-bursting clinical pink dresses, worn with dark stockings and gold stiletto mules.

The special underthings hit certain nails so directly on their heads as to resemble high-quality, goofy-kinky Halloween costumes: Minnie Mouse polka-dot bra and panty sets; a mini-and-midriff candy striper uniform, a knit Dallas Cowgirl cheerleader leotard ($990).

Click Here for full article, it's worth the click!

Mel Gibson makes his big screen return!

My love for Neil Patrick Harris grows more and more everyday!



The "How I Met Your Mother" star turned fill-in "American Idol" judge vowed to be even nastier than Simon Cowell before the show even started. Asked what he hoped to accomplish in the judge's chair, he responded, "My goal is to shatter the dreams of thousands. If I make two to three thousand people cry, I have done my job."

Song of the Day



Pam101 picked this song out of the blue...the video sorta makes me laugh.

AM Edition of the Hotness


Mrs.Olson and I were discussing what should be the AM Hotness and she picked a fantastic one!
Check out this Pottery Barn Wine Bottle Chandelier!
Love it!

Another fashion homerun for the First Lady



Michelle Obama wore along-sleeved, plum-colored dress by designer Isaac Mizrahi for Wednesday night's State of the Union.

Pam101 Loved it!

I never suggested that change would be easy, or that I can do it alone



The Daily Beast recap:
President Obama called for a new jobs bill in his State of the Union address, touted his tax cuts, promised to make college more affordable, and criticized the broad influence of lobbyists in Washington. The president urged Congress to overcome the bitter partisan infighting that has paralyzed the Capitol to pass bills the public deserves. Obama addressed the health-care impasse head-on, pledging to think about the next generation, not the next election. He also addressed national security, echoing sentiments from his campaign when he said, “All of us are committed to its defense. So let's put aside the schoolyard taunts about who is tough. Let's reject the false choice between protecting our people and upholding our values.” While the U.S. will work with the Iraqi government toward securing the country, combat troops will be out of there by August, he said. Obama acknowledged that some felt disappointed in him, after he raised expectations during the presidential race. “I campaigned on the promise of change—change we can believe in, the slogan went. And right now, I know there are many Americans who aren't sure if they still believe we can change—or at least, that I can deliver it. But remember this—I never suggested that change would be easy, or that I can do it alone.”
Click HERE for full text from last night's State of the Union

A recap from last night's State of the Union

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A FANTASTIC Idea!




How great is this bridal bouquet! Instead of flowers...use vintage brooch's! I stumbled onto this great post and had to share!!

This spectacular vintage brooch bridal bouquet from Studio del Fiore is one-of-a-kind, and it took Portland floral designer Lisa Martin several months to create.

Inspiration for this year’s brooch bouquet came from Martin’s mom, who brought over a big box of costume jewelry last Christmas so Martin could make a kitschy bejeweled Christmas tree. Instead, she got a better idea: “There was so much cool stuff in there, I said ‘I bet I could weave these together into a bridal bouquet,’” Martin said. “I used vintage brooches, earrings, rings – anything that looked like flowers. There are about 75 pieces in the bouquet, and it took more than three months to collect them all.”

If your heart is set on one of these stunners, Martin says you can save time by giving her your own vintage pieces, gems and brooches and she’ll weave them into a bouquet for you. That’s a great way to save on the cost (about $500), and also a sweet way to incorporate meaningful family gems and jewels into your wedding day.

PM Edition of the Hotness


Some people say there is no such thing as a free lunch...well...Pam101 had a free lunch today! Free Lunch is our PM Hotness!

What is on your bucket list?


Yahoo! News, CONCORD, N.H. – It was Harriet Richardson Ames' dream to earn her bachelor's degree in education. She finally reached that milestone, nearly three weeks after achieving another: her 100th birthday.

On Saturday, the day after receiving her diploma at her bedside, the retired schoolteacher died, pleased that she had accomplished her goal, her daughter said. Ames had been in hospice care.

"She had what I call a 'bucket list,' and that was the last thing on it," Marjorie Carpenter said Tuesday.

Ames, who turned 100 on Jan. 2, had earned a two-year teaching certificate in 1931 at Keene Normal School, now Keene State College. She taught in a one-room schoolhouse in South Newbury, and later spent 20 years as a teaching principal at Memorial School in Pittsfield, where she taught first-graders.

Divorce Him!!!


After meeting the love child that rocked her 32-year marriage to one-time presidential candidate John Edwards, Elizabeth Edwards has had enough.

"She said, 'I've had it. I can't do this. I want my life back,' " her sister, Nancy Anania, tells PEOPLE in the latest cover story. Last December, Elizabeth met the 23-month-old Frances Quinn Hunter – the baby John fathered with mistress Rielle Hunter – in a mediated visit at a North Carolina hotel.

The couple now occupy separate residences; she in their Chapel Hill mansion, while he divides time between an annex they call "the barn" and their beach house 160 miles away. Elizabeth, who is still undergoing cancer treatment, has had divorce papers at the ready for a year. Whether or not she files likely depends on her health, a source says.

People.com

Pam101 wants Baby Will to be a hockey player



Syd the kid is adorable!

Adding some "Man" news to the blog


PITTSBURGH — Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison and nose tackle Casey Hampton have been selected to the 2010 AFC Pro Bowl team announced today by the NFL. Harrison was named the team’s only starter in the NFL’s annual All-Star game.

The Pro Bowl will be played Sunday, January 31, 2010, at Land Shark Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Pro Bowl squads were selected by a combined voting of fans, players and coaches.

Harrison was named a starter on the AFC Pro Bowl squad for the third consecutive season, in as many seasons as a starter for the Steelers. The 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year posted another outstanding season in 2009 with 70 tackles, 10 sacks, five forced fumbles and 20 quarterback pressures.

Harrison was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month of October in 2009 when he registered seven sacks and 21 tackles. He recorded a season-high three quarterback sacks in Week 5 at Detroit, earning him AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Hampton will make his fifth Pro Bowl appearance in nine NFL seasons. The anchor of the NFL’s third-ranked rushing defense, Hampton has recorded 40 tackles and a career-high 2.5 quarterback sacks this season. Hampton was also a member of the 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008 AFC Pro Bowl squads. His five Pro Bowl appearances rank fourth in Steelers’ history among defensive linemen behind only Joe Greene (10), Ernie Stautner (nine) and L.C. Greenwood (six).

Crashing at Brett's


NY Daily News: Tiger Woods' wife reportedly has been hanging at the crib of another high-profile athlete who is in the dumps - Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.

Elin Nordegren has been staying at Favre's 460-acre spread in Hattiesburg, Miss., while Woods undergoes sex addiction therapy at a nearby clinic, Us Weekly reported Tuesday.

Hat Tip: Big Brother!!

Pam101 is Team Katy

Jenny from the Block to be on my favorite show


Jennifer Lopez will guest star on an upcoming episode of CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother.

The actress/singer, in a rare TV-series appearance, will play Anita Appleby, a no-nonsense author of self-help books that teach women how to ""train" men in relationships through the power of denial, according to a description of the episode, scheduled to air in March. When Robin (Cobie Smulders) tells Anita how lothario Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) acts toward women, Anita decides to "break" him.

Pam101 just found her new favorite store


I had dinner last night with my dear friend, Tommy. He just happened to mentioin this store and said, "Pam101 will go crazy over it". I looked at the site this AM and he was right! It was love at first click!
Next time I am in NYC I am going to Fishs Eddy! Check out their site and go their store if you live in the Big Apple!

Preview of tonight's State of the Union speech

AP-WASHINGTON — Facing a divided Congress and a dissatisfied nation, President Barack Obama will unveil a jobs-heavy agenda in his State of the Union address Wednesday, retooling his message more than his mission.

His goal: Get the economy, the confidence of voters and his own presidency on surer footing.

Obama will offer fresh details about how he wants to salvage an overhaul of health care, rein in the national debt and help businesses hire again. He will call for education reform and more money for schools, take responsibility for mistakes in his first year and follow up his speech with a dash to Florida to announce $8 billion in awards for high-speed rail.

Two themes will underpin the entire address – reassuring millions of Americans that he understands their struggles and convincing people that he is working to change Washington even as he finds himself working within its old political ways.

Yet for all the new wrinkles he offers, Obama's moment will be measured largely by how well he reconnects with the public.

"In this political environment, what I haven't always been successful at doing is breaking through the noise and speaking directly to the American people," Obama conceded to an interviewer last week. This is his chance – speeches like this one can draw 30 million to 50 million viewers, sometimes more.

The White House knows the 9 p.m. EST address has enormous stakes.


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Song of the Day

AM Edition of the Hotness


Everyone should have today's AM Hotness! It is trendy and they help the earth!
Canvas bags are the cool thing!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

PM Edition of the Hotness


Pam101 loves food that is going to give her a heart attack. I try to not love it...but I do. Today's PM Hotness is something I hardly ever have but when I do..it is like angels are singing!

Today's PM Hotness is Sausage Gravy and Biscuits.

Ingredients:
* 8 ounces breakfast sausage
* 2 tablespoons shortening or lard
* 3 tablespoons flour
* 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups milk
* salt and pepper, to taste
* dash cayenne pepper, optional

Preparation:
Cook sausage in a medium skillet over medium-low heat, stirring and breaking up with a spatula. With a slotted spoon, removed the browned crumbled sausage to a paper towel-lined plate. Add 2 tablespoons shortening, vegetable oil, or lard to the drippings in the skillet. Add flour, stirring until blended and bubbling. Gradually add 1 1/2 cups milk; continue stirring and cooking until thickened and bubbly. Add the crumbled sausage. If too thick, add a little more milk. Taste and add salt and pepper. Stir in a dash of cayenne pepper, if desired.

Serve over hot split and buttered biscuits. Serve sliced tomatoes or fresh fruit with these, or serve as part of a bigger breakfast.
Serves 4 to 6.

Best Drinking Game Ever!


Huffington Post is one of Pam101 favorite sites. Here is there State of the Union Drinking Game Instructions

Obama says "let me be clear"- Do one shot
Obama says "change isn't easy"- Do one shot
Obama says "make no mistake"- Do one shot
Obama says "Let me be clear, change isn't easy, make no mistake."- He's screwing with you to get you drunk, so five shots
Joe Wilson yells something- Do two shots
Obama yells back- Finish the bottle
Obama says "jobs"- Do one shot, two if you're unemployed
Obama says "health care"- Do not drink, you will not be given a replacement liver
Nancy Pelosi claps like a seal- Do one shot
Nancy Pelosi becomes a seal- STOP DRINKING FOR THE LOVE OF GOD
Obama mentions Bo- Put beer in your dog's water bowl
Michelle Obama wears a slinky dress- Go immediately to the HuffPost Style page for close-ups
Joe Biden nods-off/laughs inappropriately/starts talking before the speech is over- Do three shots
Obama uses the term "Congressional leadership"- Do two shots carefully as all that laughing will make it difficult to swallow
Obama says he's "fighting for you" - Do one shot, two if you believe him
Obama mentions Haiti- Text “Haiti” to the number 90999 and donate $10 to the Red Cross

Worst idea ever!


Elin Nordegren is hoping to save her marriage to Tiger Woods because she doesn't want to raise their two children without a father.

"Elin wants a solid family life," a Florida source tells PEOPLE. "She was a child of divorce and felt her dad slighted her. She absolutely does not want that to happen to Sam and Charlie. So she wants to keep her family together even if she and Tiger live together as friends instead of lovers."
People.com

I am Team Ellen


EXCLUSIVE: It was American Idol's newest judge Ellen DeGeneres’ first day of the 9th season's taping of the Hollywood segment, and she was excited and nervous, sources tell us. But then that turned to anger. Because, our insiders say, Simon Cowell was an hour and a half late for the taping. And Ellen stewed while she waited. She had reason: to accommodate both her talk show hosting duties and her American Idol judging duties, she had moved up her schedule so that now she shot the talk show earlier in the day and then jumped in the car to go to Idol. She was on time, and Cowell was not. "Here it was the first day of taping of the Hollywood shows, and Ellen was there waiting for Simon to show up. Ellen's new to the gig and she's very organized and she made a commitment to take this on, and now she's asking herself, 'What did I get myself into?' She called Simon Cowell a prima donna. So right from the start, the chemistry isn't great," an insider tells us.

The perfect fried rice



NY Times Mark Bittman-
Having written cookbooks with the chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten (along with being his friend) for more than 15 years, I’ve seen him develop a fair number of stunning recipes. My favorites have always been the simple ones, those that came from his Alsatian background or his years working and traveling in Asia. And I was never more impressed than when he created his version of fried rice, topped with crisp ginger and a fried egg.

It’s the straightforward but extremely clever refinements on the classic that make his recipe special. Like all fried-rice dishes, you must start this one with leftover rice; fresh rice is simply too moist. (Mr. Vongerichten specifies jasmine rice, but white from Chinese takeout works nearly as well and is more convenient.) Unlike most, his is cooked in rendered chicken fat, which has incomparable flavor. With the chef’s blessing, I tested the recipe with peanut oil, which is fine.

Jane Lynch is set to walk down the aisle


PopEater-Jane Lynch let slip following the Golden Globes last week that she and her partner, Dr. Lara Embry, are tying the knot. The 'Glee' star, who won a Screen Actors Guild award over the weekend, told the New York Times that she and her girlfriend are planning a May wedding.

The news was slipped ever-so gently into the Times' Carpetbagger blog: "Jane Lynch, who saw her Fox show 'Glee' win a Golden Globe and who told us she was marrying her partner, Lara, in May, summed up the night's victories for Fox: 'It's good to be on the winning team.'"

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I need to go to Cannes this year!

Tuesday's announcement that Burton, 51, will serve as president of the May 12-23 63rd Cannes Film Festival comes as his much-awaited Alice In Wonderland – starring pal Johnny Depp, among others – is being prepped to land in theaters March 5. At the moment, a retrospective of his work is also on display to S.R.O. crowds at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

"When you think of Cannes, you think of world cinema. And, as films have always been like dreams to me, this is a dream come true," Burton, whose films often deal in dreams (and nightmares) said in a statement.

JT gets another award


He's won six Grammy Awards, two Emmy Awards and a host of other accolades. Now, Justin Timberlake can add another sweet trophy to the pile: the Hasty Pudding award from Harvard University.

Timberlake, 28, has been named the 2010 Man of the Year by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation's oldest undergraduate drama club. The singer, songwriter, actor and producer was chosen for being "one of pop culture's most influential entertainers," the troupe said in a statement.

Timberlake will receive the award at a roast on Feb. 5. He joins Anne Hathaway, who was recently named the group's Woman of the Year.

People.com

The Harry Potter Challenge



Pam101 had a great idea this AM. She is challenging herself to read all of the Harry Potter books prior to the release of The Deathly Hallows, Part I (the final book is being made into 2 movies...take note of that Twilight franchise...Breaking Dawn needs to do the same). Pam101 is loving these books! The fun adventure and magical world is my nightly escape from reality. LaBomb lent me all her books and Cams is letting me borrow all of the movies. The thing about the challenge is...I know that I will finish the books by Spring...and then what do I do until November?!

You can be sure Pam101 is having a Harry Potter Party to celebrate the release of the last movie!

The first installment hits theaters on November 19 but fans will have to wait until July 15, 2011 for ’Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II’ to give them the epic Harry-Voldemort showdown … as well as a little thing called closure.

Watch out parents...

14 year-old John Caudle has confessed to Colorado police that he killed his mother and step-dad to get out of doing his household chores, reports KUSA in Denver. Caudle's mother, Joanne Rinebarger, and her husband Tracy Rinebarger, were discovered dead in their home near Monte Vista, Colorado in October. Caudle was arrested the next day 130 Miles north of Monte Vista while driving his parents' pickup truck. However, district judge Martin Gonzales issued a gag order preventing any press from attending Caudle's hearing.

According to the recently released arrest affidavit, Caudle admitted he killed his mother because he did not want to take out the trash. He then waited in a closet for his stepfather to come home and shot him several times.

"I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president"

"I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president," he told ABC's "World News" anchor Diane Sawyer in an exclusive interview today.

Obama sat down with Sawyer two days before he will deliver a State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress, and he acknowledged the political setbacks of his first year in office.

The State of the Union will be Obama's chance to jump start his agenda, but he ducked when Sawyer asked if he could guarantee there would not be a tax increase for anyone making less than $250,000.

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Jeff and I love today's AM Hotness. Pottery comes in every color, shape, style...design. It is a fun addition to any home (no matter how small your place is). Next time you are at a market or art show...pick up a piece of pottery and celebrate the AM Hotness!